Notre Dame, view from the front

$35 USD per device. This program is 60 mins, including time to ask questions and exchange ideas. Suitable for all ages, no background required.

  • Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 9:00 am EST

If walls could talk, Notre Dame would provide us with several lifetimes’ worth of tales. You’ll learn about key historical events that took place at the cathedral. As a silent witness to 850 years of history, Notre Dame has hosted the crowning of an emperor, several royal weddings, Revolutionary riots, and victory celebrations at the end of WWII. These memories make Notre Dame a meaningful repository of lived experience for generations of Parisians, and not a stone capsule, frozen in time. Your online educator has spent 15 years welcoming people to the cathedral, adding to the long list of international visitors forging their own lasting memories in the heart of Paris.

You will:

  • Hear about the spectacular events that happened in and around Notre Dame.
  • Understand why Notre-Dame was the target for angry mobs during the French Revolution.
  • Learn why the cathedral was nearly torn down in the 19th century.
  • See the historical efforts to save and preserve it, long before the recent fire.
  • Find out why you can’t get married there, and why funerals are a rare event at the cathedral.

Your educator Inge Laino, is a New Yorker-turned Parisian with more than 15 years of experience leading educational programs in the neighborhoods of Paris and museums and monuments of France. She is the former director of Paris Muse, and author/creator of its interactive Notre-Dame tours for both adults and families. When she isn’t leading tours in person at the Louvre or Cluny, she works as a French-English translator for Parisian museums. She most recently translated for a Notre-Dame exhibition about its 19th-century restoration and Victor Hugo’s role in saving historic monuments.

You can also sign up for our series Notre Dame Then & Now.

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Image: © Jane Han, 2014

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